Category Archives: Urban scene

This place be ours now

Saturday 4th April 2020, 11.15am (day 3,145)

Ducks take over, 4/4/20

That ominous crumbling, shattering sound you hear from behind closed doors is your local economy. This square, on a Saturday morning, should not be inhabited only by ducks. And even they’re missing their usual benefits. These two were responding to a rumour that bread was being handed out by the old bridge.

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Heptonstall Church(es)

Thursday 2nd April 2020, 1.35pm (day 3,143)

Heptonstall churches, 2/4/20

For obvious reasons none of the present run of photos are being taken very far away from one another. This one looks across the valley of the Nutclough Woods, above our house, towards the two churches of Heptonstall, one extant and one ruined: they share a churchyard, and look further apart on this shot than they are in reality. The yellow stuff? Not sure of the exact species, but the buds confirm that spring is on its way, out there in the world where we used to play.

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Above the woods

Saturday 28th March 2020, 2.05pm (day 3,138)

Above the woods, 28/3/20

This day last year I was in Singapore. Horizons are rather more limited in late March 2020, for all of us I imagine. I acknowledge, however, that I am one of the lucky ones in that this landscape resides a few minutes’ walk from my house and at least here, one can be immersed in the countryside for a time each day: like this father and son, taking the air. Cooler today, though: it is inevitable that the run of good weather we have been having will end, but confinement will be harder to take once the sunshine ends.

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Pink sunshine

Thursday 26th March 2020, 10.20am (day 3,136)

Pink sunshine, 26/3/20

So, the longest number of consecutive Hebden Bridge shots on this blog — as faithfully recorded on the stats page — is 10, and that was way back around the end of 2011 and start of 2012. (Blimey, have I been doing this that long…?). The trip to Manchester last Saturday gave the present run a later start than it might have had, but as things stand the eleventh day will be 1st April, and assuming we’re all still here on 6th April, it will then take Brisbane’s record of 15 days in a row in the same place.

Ah, I’ll get used to it. It’s pleasant enough at the moment, in the ongoing very fine weather.

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Sunset over Birchcliffe Road

Wednesday 25th March 2020, 5.45pm (day 3,135)

Birchcliffe Road, 25-3-20

Most of Hebden Bridge was built over a fairly short span of years in the later 19th century. Of the houses from that time, these ones on Birchcliffe Road are the grandest. And when the sun goes down and you see they are the last homes in town to catch the light — you can see why the nobs of 1880 coveted this particular hillside.

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A sign of optimism…

Wednesday 18th March 2020, 2.10pm (day 3,128)

Sign of optimism, 18/3/20

Bloody hell. How quickly did all that happen. How quickly did we let it all happen.

I spent my whole morning working out then posting my professional and academic opinion about the last few days. By the time I’d done that, I was, frankly, freaked out, so had to get out into the town just to see that it was still there, that it had not been consumed by the zombie apocalypse. And I was reassured. But bearing in mind that this poster has been up since a couple of days after the floods of February — then how much more can my home town take. How much more can we all take?

The media are not reality though. Talk to each other, folks.

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View from 82 King Street

Monday 9th March 2020, 12.50pm (day 3,119)

Manchester city centre, 9/3/20

Another photo of Manchester buildings looking dramatic; but from a new angle, taken from a meeting room in a building never before visited. The framing isn’t quite what it could be, but much different and the flourescent strips inside would have been reflected in the clouds. As it is, there’s one there — but I’m sure you will let that pass. The dominant building is the Town Hall, the direction of the view basically westwards.

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A Sunday on campus

Sunday 8th March 2020, 12.40pm (day 3,118)

Campus on Sunday, 8/3/20

I have tried to stop making a habit of working on Sundays, but there was no avoiding it today — and on campus, too, meaning I drove in to work for only the fourth time in fifteen years. There is something post-apocalyptic about campus on a Sunday — but seeing as we might all be quarantied at some point soon, maybe it’ll look like this from this point on.

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Up in the air

Thursday 5th March 2020, 12 noon (day 3,115)

Scissor lift, 5/3/20

I am very unsure that I would have such seemingly nonchalant faith in engineering as these guys. Nor that I would function well in a job that required me to put my faith to the test very often. But that is one reason why I do not have such a job.

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Hail storm

Monday 2nd March 2020, 12.10pm (day 3,112)

Hail storm, 2/3/20

Having finally arrived, at least to some degree, winter sustains its grip. I was not in this pub (the Old Gate) at just after noon, I can assure you — but I took advantage of the shelter offered by its outside awnings as another revolting hail storm swept by. While there, I mused on what a too-literal interpretation of the sign might indicate: a dry world beyond the present one? Hmmm.

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